A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is a cartoony adaptation of the film of the same title. Players take on the roles of young secret agents out to stop a madman who wants to steal time itself. The content of the game is generally kid-friendly, with only some minor cartoon violence, but the gameplay requires too much precision for young children to handle and may be frustratingly difficult for some.
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What's it about?
The plot of the game, SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD follows that of the film it is based on. A madman who thinks humanity wastes time decides to teach us all a lesson by stealing hours, minutes, and seconds away from us. It's up to a brother and sister team of super-agent kids -- who hail from a long line of family spies -- to save the day.
Is it any good?
There may have been potential for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World to be a better game, but by the third level, young players will likely be growling in frustration. Far too much of the game is based around jumping over a gap, launching a grappling hook in midair, and swinging to the other side. But that hook is beast to handle. And it needs to hit relatively small targets in order to latch on. Constantly falling and having to replay the same jumping sequence is simply not fun. There are plenty of platforming games that are tough, but enjoyable as well -- missing a jump may be a bummer, but the quality of the game spurs you to tackle it again. That's not the case here, though. The rest of the game isn't interesting enough to make you want to fight through the difficult spots.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the game's storyline and theme. The villain wants to steal time away from people, because he thinks humanity wastes time and doesn't appreciate it. While his tactics are obviously wrong, is there any validity behind his motive?
What do you do when a game is particularly hard to play?
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